A total number of 11,725 unskilled and unemployed youths have been recruited for training in vocational skills by the National Directorate of Employment (NDE).
The training falls under the agency's Vocational Skills Development Programme for the 4th quarter of the year 2012, nationwide.
A statement issued by the NDE’s Assistant Director, Information and Public Relations, Mr. Edmund Onwuliri, said 925 persons will receive skills training in the Advanced National Open Apprenticeship Scheme (A-NOAS) while 10,800 others will train under the Basic National Open Apprenticeship Scheme (B-NOAS).
The statement explained that the NDE Scheme commences with training in B-NOAS where unskilled and unemployed youths are recruited, and are posted to either accredited NDE Master craftsmen/women in the informal sector or to NDE Skills Training Centres.
This, the directorate noted, is for the purpose of skills acquisition in trades such as computer operations and maintenance, GSM handsets repairs, welding, interior decoration, fashion designing, hair dressing, electrical installation, plumbing etc.
The purpose of the training is to prepare the youths for self-employment.
“Similarly, the Advanced National Open Apprenticeship Scheme (A-NOAS) is designed to upgrade the skills of graduates of B-NOAS by exposing them to real work place facilities in order to sharpen their skills in tandem with current global trends in technology,” the statement added.
In another development, the NDE said it has concluded arrangements to commence the training of 1,850 persons with special needs under the vulnerable person’s skills training initiative. The trainees, according to the directorate are drawn from the 36 states of the Federation and the FCT at the ratio of 50 persons par state. They are expected to receive training in trades like tie and dye, soap and pomade-making, weaving, leather works, hair dressing and interior decoration.